It’s only been 327 years but the dust from the Battle of the Boyne has more or less settled now, but you can expect to see smoke on the water again next month when hundreds of bikers from near and far rev up for the Rally of Lúgh LongArm.
This bike rally cum festival, which takes place over the weekend of 11/12/13th of August, boasts the intriguing and heady mix of music, heritage and motorbikes. We’re assured though that you don’t need a bike to enjoy the fun.
Lúgh Long Arm was one of the chief Gods of the Celtic Pantheon and county Louth is named after him. So it says in the press release and who are we to argue?
The fun consists of three days of music from some of Ireland’s best tribute acts – think Metallica, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, Led Zeppelin, perhaps even some Deep Purple, and you’re getting the vibe.
There’s also some brilliant up-and-coming original acts on the bill. In fact over half of the line-up is original and there’s an award called the Samildánach meaning ‘master of the crafts’ for the best original live act with the concert goers selecting the winners.
On Saturday 12th the bikers will ride out on Ireland’s best heritage route, taking in all the sites connected to the land of Lúgh where the myths and legends of Ireland began.
These include the Mound of Darkness, the greatest example of Celtic crosses on Earth, the Mound of Ireland’s first Warrior Poet, see the stone that kept the mighty Cú Chulainn aloft in the Field of Slaughter, reflect with the stations at St. Brigid’s Shrine or even defy gravity by rolling up a magic hill.
The organisers have organised free passes to Newgrange and Knowth (where Buí, the wife of Lúgh is buried) courtesy of the OPW.
There is a Photo Fun Run in aid of the superb Malta Services Drogheda taking in six of County Louth’s idyllic spots (Clogherhead, Annagassan, Blackrock, Gyles’ Quay, Carlingford and Omeath).
Breakfast on the Sunday is the soon-to-be traditional ‘First We Feast’ in Burkes Restaurant before taking part in a parade through Drogheda at 2.00 pm.
The whole weekend is crammed with fun activities and stalls where you can practice your haggling skills, local craft beer and lots more. You can also avail of Long Arm discounts to Boyne Boats, Drogheda Millmount Museum, the Irish Military War Museum and plenty of local information in a free booklet of places to see in Drogheda.
There are COMPLIMENTARY BUSES to transport you to festival HQ (Dolly Mitchells in Rossin) leaving Bolton Square each day at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm and returning after the headline acts finish each night.
For more information check out www.lughlongarm.com , the Facebook page Rally of Lúgh Longarm and for tickets go to www.ticketstop.ie or Dolly’s Pub.
This is a festival for meeting new friends, three days of the best scenery, history, music and much more that everyone will enjoy all the while forging new lifelong friendships.
August 11-13 2017 Dolly’s Bar, Rossin. 1 Day ticket €5 or 3 Day ticket €10.